FROM Goldilocks to Harry Potter, schoolchildren dressed up as a variety of weird and wonderful characters as they celebrated World Book Day.
Miss Trunchbull, the tyrant headmistress from Roald Dahl’s Matilda, was the costume of choice for several teachers for the event last Thursday, which saw schools across Shoreham, Southwick and Steyning take part.
Miss Trunchbull was seen teaching at both St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, in Sullington Way, Shoreham, and Eastbrook Primary Academy, in Manor Hall Road, Southwick.
Year six pupils at Eastbrook turned old books into new ones by holding a sale.
Teacher Suzanne Green said the project had helped with their maths, including sorting the books into categories, pricing them up and selling them to parents.
The pupils had written their own letter asking for book donations and made posters to put up around the school.
Mrs Green said the group would be taken to WH Smith with the money raised to select new books for the school library.
Author Julia Lee was also in school to work with the Eastbrook pupils on a Strange Creatures project, linked with the Adur Festival.
At Shoreham College, characters included Peter Pan and The Gruffalo, and activities included decorating cakes.
Steyning Grammar School marked World Book Day at both sites and three authors visited, along with Steyning Bookshop, with a large selection of the latest children’s books.
Students produced visual presentations on their favourite book and there was a competition, Name That Book.
Glebe Primary School, in Church Lane, Southwick, chose to celebrate last Friday, when a special book day assembly was held.
During the morning, some of the older children read stories to the younger children and to round off the day, parents were invited in from 2.30pm to read with the children.